Research-action applied to the design of a flourishing community dedicated to sustainable fashion in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region

Format: Papers, RSD6, Topic: Sociotechnical Systems

Marion Real and Iban Lizarralde

Our research is part of a new decentralized vision of the territories and takes part in the construction of new socio-technical models of circular economy, which seek to increase the environmental efficiency of processes, optimize the use of accessible resources and the autonomy of stakeholders in regional ecosystems.

Our research focuses on the study of intermediary objects of design present in collective entrepreneurial actions and seeks to develop new methods of animation promoting the design for emergence. More precisely, we analyze how to create more synergies between the new entrepreneurs of the territory, the existing industrial cluster and the political decision-makers by investigating three problematics:

– What tools will enable actors to share a holistic and evolving vision of territorial metabolism?
– How to prepare and animate organization/business modelling workshops for emergent third-places of open design and distributed production on the territory? (hubs, resource centers, fablabs, living lab…)
– How to actively manage the flows and tensions present in the structure to accelerate the continuous creation of virtuous loops promoting a more circular economy?

Our research is anchored in a research-action approach on the territory of Nouvelle Aquitaine. This resolutely inductive and empirical approach considers the field as a place for experimenting and confronting the concepts and tools imagined from the observations and situations experienced within this terrain. From an operational point of view, the research action is based on a collective action aimed to endeavour the development of activities around the valorization of used textiles and old clothing. It involves innovation clusters, the regional circular economy platform, sorting, upcycling and recycling centers, designers, seamstresses, brands and citizens of the territory.

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Author(s): OCTOBER 2017
Title: Research-action applied to the design of a flourishing community dedicated to sustainable fashion in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 12 October 2017
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